Video: What the Heck, Episode 59: Andrea Lee, Austin Vanderford, Phil Hawes and Danny Sabatello

On this week’s episode of What the Heck, MMA Fighting’s Mike Heck chats with UFC flyweight Andrea Lee (5:18) to discuss her impressive second-round submission win over Antonina Shevchenko at UFC 262 this past Saturday night, feeling free in the octagon for the first time in over two years, the pressure on her heading in, what it meant to get her first finish in over 1,300 days, and what she is hoping for next. One of the newest members of the Bellator roster Danny Sabatello (25:12) previews his upcoming Bellator 259 bantamweight matchup with fellow promotional newcomer Brett Johns this Friday, talks signing a multi-fight deal with Bellator, how his teammates helped him in that decision, feeling like the snub from Dana White on the Contender Series could be a blessing in disguise, his plans to run through Johns, feeling like he could destroy current champion Sergio Pettis, and more. Bellator middleweight Austin Vanderford (38:33) discusses his upcoming Bellator 259 matchup with Fabian Edwards, the long road to his last victory in November, Paige VanZant’s first BKFC experience and how he felt watching the fight against Britain Hart, his reaction to getting the fight with Edwards, and how close he feels he is to a fight with Gegard Mousasi and the middleweight title. Finally, UFC middleweight Phil Hawes (54:34) recaps his decision win over Kyle Daukaus at UFC Vegas 26, talks signing to fight Deron Winn on July 17 before taking the fight with Daukaus, Winn’s reaction to the double booking and feeling disrespected by it, feeling like he’s already the middleweight champion, having a close relationship with Israel Adesanya in the past, Adesanya blocking him on social media, and how close he is to getting a fight with the current 185-pound champion. Check out the video above, or the audio-only podcast can be found below, on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, iHeartRadio, and Stitcher.

Video: What the Heck, Episode 59: Andrea Lee, Austin Vanderford, Phil Hawes and Danny Sabatello

On this week’s episode of What the Heck, MMA Fighting’s Mike Heck chats with UFC flyweight Andrea Lee (5:18) to discuss her impressive second-round submission win over Antonina Shevchenko at UFC 262 this past Saturday night, feeling free in the octagon for the first time in over two years, the pressure on her heading in, what it meant to get her first finish in over 1,300 days, and what she is hoping for next.

One of the newest members of the Bellator roster Danny Sabatello (25:12) previews his upcoming Bellator 259 bantamweight matchup with fellow promotional newcomer Brett Johns this Friday, talks signing a multi-fight deal with Bellator, how his teammates helped him in that decision, feeling like the snub from Dana White on the Contender Series could be a blessing in disguise, his plans to run through Johns, feeling like he could destroy current champion Sergio Pettis, and more.

Bellator middleweight Austin Vanderford (38:33) discusses his upcoming Bellator 259 matchup with Fabian Edwards, the long road to his last victory in November, Paige VanZant’s first BKFC experience and how he felt watching the fight against Britain Hart, his reaction to getting the fight with Edwards, and how close he feels he is to a fight with Gegard Mousasi and the middleweight title.

Finally, UFC middleweight Phil Hawes (54:34) recaps his decision win over Kyle Daukaus at UFC Vegas 26, talks signing to fight Deron Winn on July 17 before taking the fight with Daukaus, Winn’s reaction to the double booking and feeling disrespected by it, feeling like he’s already the middleweight champion, having a close relationship with Israel Adesanya in the past, Adesanya blocking him on social media, and how close he is to getting a fight with the current 185-pound champion.

Check out the video above, or the audio-only podcast can be found below, on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, iHeartRadio, and Stitcher.

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Ashley Yoder vs. Jinh Yu Frey set for UFC event on July 31

Ashley Yoder | Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLCA strawweight battle is set for the UFC’s summer slate. Multiple people with knowledge of the promotion’s plans confirmed to MMA Fighting that a matchup between Ashley Yoder and Jinh Yu Frey has been added to the UFC’s fight card on July 31. While the event does not have an official venue or location announced, UFC President Dana White stated following Saturday’s UFC 262 event that the plan for the rest of 2021 is to host Fight Night events at UFC APEX in Las Vegas. Per sources, Frey had originally agreed to face promotional newcomer Istela Nunes at the event, but Nunes was forced to withdraw from the bout due to visa issues. Yoder makes her fourth octagon appearance in a little less than 12 months with the hope of getting back in the win column. “The Spider Monkey” snapped a two-fight skid at November’s UFC Vegas 14 event, but was on the losing end of a unanimous decision to Angela Hill in their second meeting at UFC Vegas 21 in March. Frey looks to make it two straight victories after earning her first promotional win at UFC Vegas 21 over Gloria de Paula. The 35-year-old has gotten her hand raised over the likes of Herica Tiburcio, Ashley Cummins and Minna Grusander under the Invicta FC banner and moved up to 115 pounds to sign with the UFC in 2020. She dropped her first two octagon bouts to Kay Hansen and Loma Lookboonmee.

Ashley Yoder vs. Jinh Yu Frey set for UFC event on July 31
Ashley Yoder | Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC

A strawweight battle is set for the UFC’s summer slate.

Multiple people with knowledge of the promotion’s plans confirmed to MMA Fighting that a matchup between Ashley Yoder and Jinh Yu Frey has been added to the UFC’s fight card on July 31. While the event does not have an official venue or location announced, UFC President Dana White stated following Saturday’s UFC 262 event that the plan for the rest of 2021 is to host Fight Night events at UFC APEX in Las Vegas.

Per sources, Frey had originally agreed to face promotional newcomer Istela Nunes at the event, but Nunes was forced to withdraw from the bout due to visa issues.

Yoder makes her fourth octagon appearance in a little less than 12 months with the hope of getting back in the win column. “The Spider Monkey” snapped a two-fight skid at November’s UFC Vegas 14 event, but was on the losing end of a unanimous decision to Angela Hill in their second meeting at UFC Vegas 21 in March.

Frey looks to make it two straight victories after earning her first promotional win at UFC Vegas 21 over Gloria de Paula. The 35-year-old has gotten her hand raised over the likes of Herica Tiburcio, Ashley Cummins and Minna Grusander under the Invicta FC banner and moved up to 115 pounds to sign with the UFC in 2020. She dropped her first two octagon bouts to Kay Hansen and Loma Lookboonmee.

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